Gaza City, 23 Safar 1436/16 December 2014 (MINA) – Ezz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, said that it would not accept anything less than the full reconstruction of all the affected areas following Israel’s recent assault on the Gaza Strip.
In a speech during a military parade organised by Hamas to mark the 27th anniversary of its foundation, Abu Ubaida warned that the continued blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip and the disruption of the Strip’s reconstruction “will cause a new explosion in the face of the Israelis”.
“The running out of our and our people’s patience towards impeding the reconstruction would generate consequences for the Israeli public and its leadership, and we warn of the moment of explosion,” he said, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting, Tuesday.
On July 7, Israel launched a war on the Gaza Strip that continued for 51 days, and resulted in the death of more than 2,000 Palestinians and wounded approximately 11,000 others, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The Palestinian Ministry of Public Works and Housing announced that 28,366 housing units were affected by this war.
Three months after a ceasefire agreement was signed, the reconstruction process is still not underway.
During his speech, Abu Ubaida vowed to free the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, saying that this will take place soon.
“We will free the prisoners at a time other than that determined by Israel. Al-Qassam Brigades decided and promised God Almighty that the freedom of the Palestinian prisoners is only a matter of time, and it is closer than ever.”
During the recent Israeli war on Gaza, Al-Qassam Brigades announced that they had inflicted heavy losses on the Israeli army, and they were able to capture Israeli soldier Aaron Shaul during an operation east of Gaza.
Israel accuses Hamas of keeping the body of another Israeli officer, Hadar Goldin, who was killed in an armed clash that took place east of Rafah on last August 1. The movement has neither confirmed or denied these reports.
Abu Ubaida thanked all those who supported the Palestinian resistance, including Iran for its financial and military support, and for its contribution to the development of the resistance’s missiles.
“We extend our thanks to all those who provided support to the resistance including individuals, groups, and countries, at the forefront of whom are Qatar, Turkey and all Arab and Islamic countries that have supported the resistance and stood by its side,” he said.
He warned the Israeli military about Al-Qassam Brigades’ superiority and evolution from one battle to the next, stressing that the group’s diversity was apparent and clear in every stage while facing the Israeli army.
Yesterday, the Al-Qassam Brigades organised one of their largest military parades in Gaza City to mark the 27th anniversary of the Brigades’ foundation. (T/P3/R01)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)